Video: Fabienne Kanor Reads from “Humus”

by Olivia Stransky    /  February 25, 2012  / No comments

Fabienne Kanor

French-Martinican writer and filmmaker Fabienne Kanor has been a writer-in-residence at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh for the past three months. Before returning to France, City of Asylum hosted a reading for her and Marvin Victor, another writer-in-residence.

Kanor read an excerpt from her novel Humus, a work which uses multiple narrators to reconstruct the history of African women in the West Indies slave trade. Joining her for the reading was Pittsburgh-based poet, singer, visual artist, and filmmaker Christiane D. Leach. Together the women created an event somewhere between performance art and literary reading. At times Leach’s vocals provided emotional accents to Kanor’s words while at other moments her voice dominated the stage.

Below is an excerpt of the reading highlighting the collaboration between Christiane D. Leach and Fabienne Kanor.

About the Author

Olivia Stransky is an editorial assistant and video editor for Sampsonia Way. She received her B.A. in literature and film from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. While a student, she worked as the editor-in-chief of Glacial Erratic, Simon’s Rock’s literary and arts magazine. After graduating she received a grant to serve as a Fulbright Scholar in Slovakia, where she taught English literature and conversation at Univerzita Komenského in Bratislava.

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